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parent resources

We understand the challenges of breastfeeding and bottle feeding. Please find the below resources to help you and your family along the way. 


breastfeeding support resources

video resources

If you are using a breast pump at Dayton Children's, use this link for instructions on using the Medela Symphony Breast Pump located in any of our lactation rooms. 

  • How to start the Medela Symphony PLUS Maintain program can be viewed here

Global Health Media Breastfeeding Support/Video's (available in 45 languages from Arabic-Vietnamese)

  • Attach your baby at the breast                  
  • How to express breastmilk
  • Is your baby getting enough milk?           
  • Breastfeeding in the first hours

Getting Started with Breastfeeding Videos - Standford Medicine

  • Breastfeeding in the first hour
  • Maximizing milk production
  • Hand expressing breastmilk

resources for breastfeeding parents inpatient or in the emergency department

During your baby’s Dayton Children's emergency room visit, or inpatient admission, here are some tips and information to help during your stay.

  • Your baby may be having tests or procedures, please check with your baby’s medical team before feeding your baby. 
  • We have breast pumps available to use during your stay at no cost! 
  • If your usual breastfeeding routine is interrupted for more than three hours, please ask your care team for a breast pump and pump kit; one can be brought to your baby’s bedside for free. 
  • We can provide supplies needed for washing pump parts and storing milk. 
  • We have special refrigerators just for your milk and can also freeze it if needed. 
  • If your baby needs to be fed through a feeding tube, your milk can be given to your baby through the tube. 

why pump?

Even if your baby is not allowed to eat right now, pumping is still important! Pumping every three hours for 15-20 minutes is usually recommended if your baby is not allowed to eat or if bottle feeding, getting NG-tube feedings, or not breastfeeding as often or as well as usual.  

  • Pumping tells your body how much milk to try to make, even if you are not feeling full or getting only drops
  • Pumping helps to increase your milk supply
  • Pumping helps to prevent breast infection if your breasts are full
  • Pumping helps prevent your supply from dropping if you usually make the amount of milk your baby needs 


need assistance?  

Ask your nurse for assistance or ask a staff member to contact lactation for support.  A lactation specialist will try to meet with you as soon as possible.  

You can also leave a message at 937-641-3185